Care of the Hair and Nails
A fairy tale character uses magic to help youngsters learn good health habits. She shows them how to clean and manicure their fingernails and brush their hair.
Ken Smith motes: A VERY atypical EBF film; starts with a CU of a drawing of a boy with lion mane hair and claw-like fingernails; "I always keep that picture on my wall, just to remind me how many boys and girls still need my help." But who is she??? The hair and nails fairy? dressed like Betsy Ross on a period set. I guess boring EBF didn't have any fairy stuff. No explanation; you're simply supposed to accept it. waves her magic wand, swish pan, schweeeeeeboi-ang! freeze-frame, then reverse at high speed "Ready? Let's go!" Stanley has dirty nails, which is bad. He washes his hair every week, but that's good. "magic eyes" -- animated cutaway disgram of a hair growing; bald-headed idiot-grin kid with pinworms; "nits" -- the eggs of hair lice. "They're easy to get rid of." Yeah -- if you washed your hair more than once a week. "Don't use anyone else's comb but your own. And don't wear anybody else's hat."
Subject: "the Cuticle!"
First, and most notably, the premise of this story is hilarious. A colonial American woman who has magic powers goes around telling boys and girls to groom themselves properly! Let me add her "magic" has to be seen and heard to be believed. Sproing!
Leaving aside the advice about how often to wash your hair, let me say that the "magic eyes" concept is completely unnecessary.
Unfortunately there are some cuts to the sound track in places, especially around the fingernail.
Worth watching just to see how wacky Encyclopedia Britannica could be!
Subject: Healthy habits
Subject: silly, stupid, and dull
Subject: OCD fairy
Subject: I Keep This Film Around to Remind Me How Many Evil Sprite Characters Still Need My Help
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.